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Latah County Oral History Collection

Remembering Latah County and Idaho Life at the turn of the 20th century


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Mi & Marie Lee Lew(b. 1910)

Family Origin:Came to Spokane from China in 1920


Interview #1, 11/20/1975

Topics:Reasons Chinese came to America. Their fathers' early American experiences. Growing up in Walla Walla. Cooperative truck gardening. Herb doctoring in Spokane. Family structure. Subsistence farming in China. 11-20-75 1.6 hr 44p
Duration:1:40:33Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chinese Americans businesses customs doctors families farming gambling gardens holidays housekeeping immigrants mines parties railroads schools women
Locations:China Walla Walla Spokane Washington

Interview #2, 12/10/1975

Topics:Role of Christianity in adapting to America. Loans and debts. Running Moscow cafe in the depression. Return to China in 1929. Spokane Chinese community. Tongs. 12-10-75 1.5 hr 39p
Duration:1:31:52Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chinese Americans Christianity Great Depression businesses churches colleges and universities customs death divorce doctors families finances friendship illness immigrants languages marriage poor religion schools stores working conditions
Locations:to be filled

Interview #3, 1/20/1976

Topics:Separation of families. Her immigration to America. Chinese community building in Walla Walla. Social controls within community. Life of truck gardeners. 1-20-76 1.9 hr 54p
Duration:1:57:04Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:Chinese Americans Christians customs elderly families farming finances gardens immigrants marriage religion schools stores women world wars
Locations:Moscow Walla Walla Portland Seattle

Interview #4, 10/7/1976

Topics:Discrimination in the twenties. Universities' social activities for Asians in Moscow and Pullman. Restaurant work. Fate of people returning to China. Youth in Walla Walla. 10-7-76 2 hr 57p
Duration:2:06:00Interviewer:Sam Schrager
Keywords:African Americans Chinese Americans Christians Great Depression businesses children churches citizenship clubs colleges and universities discrimination doctors education families fighting finances food friendship home economics immigrants marriage prostitutes religion restaurants schools students teaching weddings women world wars
Locations:Moscow Walla Walla